How to create a containerised garden

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Growing plants in containers is increasingly popular. Whether it’s a pot on your balcony or a vertical garden, there’s no end to what you can grow.

Tools and materials

Gloves

Mask

Potting mix

Seaweed concentrate

Seedlings – a range of potted colour, edibles and herbs

Selection of pots

Trowel

Watering can

how to make a containerised garden

1. Select a spot

Most plants prefer a nice, well-sheltered, sunny spot. If you’re not sure what might work at your place, ask one of our garden experts in store – they’ll be only too happy to help.

2. Choose your pot

Don’t forget to consider the size of the plant you’ll be putting in there.  Ceramic, plastic and terracotta all work well outside ¬– they’re hardy, and last well. Choose a style and design to match your décor – just make sure your pot has drainage holes, or opt for a self-watering option. For indoors a good tip is to put a pot inside another so you still have drainage without it spilling on the floor. 

how to make a containerised garden

3. Pick your plants

There’s no end to what you can grow in a containerised garden. You might like to select plants that add a ‘pop’ of colour to your yard. Plant en-masse for maximum impact, or layer up with different colours and textures. If you’re handy in the kitchen, why not consider growing your own herbs or vegies – edible plants work particularly well in containers, making them fantastic for balconies or window sills. You may want to ‘companion plant’, or choose separate pots for each of your edible varieties.

how to make a containerised garden

4. Fill your pot with soil

Grab a trowel and fill your pot with good quality potting mix – these specially formulated soils have all your plants will need to get them started in their new home. Don’t fill the pot too full, leave some space at the top of the container for watering. 

how to make a containerised garden

5. Make some holes

Create holes for each of your desired plants, making sure each one is double the size of the seedlings’ roots.  Use a dibber or pencil to create the holes.

how to make a containerised garden

6. Plant your seedlings

Squeeze the seedling punnet, gently separate the individual plantlets, being careful of the roots. Place your seedling into its new home, gently packing the soil around its base. Handy tip: it’s a good idea to plant to the same depth as the punnet – use this as a guide.

how to make a containerised garden

7. Water it in

Grab your watering can and give your new plants a good soaking. Now is a good time to add seaweed solution. Read and follow the directions on the packaging first.

how to make a containerised garden

8. Plant in position

Once you’ve planted your new seedlings, place the pot in a nice, sunny spot – and watch it thrive! How easy was that?

how to make a containerised garden

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